4 November 1997|
Brady Theater, Tulsa, OK
The Boy RacerMorrissey was very well received by the Tulsa fans. His performance was very sexually suggestive, he moved quite energetically around the stage and often dangerously swinged the microphone cord around him. Security was tight but not brutish. Very few fans made it on stage. At first there weren't that many serious attempts and Morrissey motioned for people to come forward. He had to help someone to make it up, and that opened the door for a few more successful attempts, particularly near the end of the show.
The first half of the setlist was scrambled and "Roy's Keen" was dropped to make place for "The More You Ignore The Closer I Get". These changes made this gig the ultimate least "Maladjusted"-oriented one of the tour and the one most geared towards "Vauxhall & I". Seven songs from the latter and only two from the former were performed.
Morrissey came on stage, took the microphone and shouted "Tulsa!". After the opening song, he joked "We're a local band from Tulsa and we're not very good". After "Billy Budd" which was very well received, he went on with the self-depreciation: "It's very nice of you to pretend that you know these songs". At this point in time, Morrissey started a tradition of introducing "Paint A Vulgar Picture" as a song from another band. In Tulsa the song was playfully introduced with the words "As you may know, I'm hugely inspired by Glen Campbell, and now we'd like to do one of his songs". After "Alma Matters" Morrissey refuted his earlier claim and said "By the way, we're not really from Tulsa, we're from Galveston". "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" was introduced with the line "This next song was huge in... Petaluma".
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